Loud pipes save lives or risk rights? There's a battle going on between motorcycles and the public over loud exhaust pipes. On one side is the crowd that believes that loud pipes alert motorists to motorcycles and lead to safety. On the other side, there are those who say loud pipes do nothing for safety; they only irritate the public and could lead to riding restrictions.6:50 a.m.
Can 'a nice place to live' be fun? The state's third largest city has a reputation for quality health care, family activities and ... dullness. The "Rah Rah Rochester" campaign is trying to challenge that reputation.8:25 a.m.
Republican Party Divided on Major Issues
The Republican Party isn't looking too solid. While it is typically known for carrying the message and minimizing differences, the 10 men vying for president weren't in sync about much during their debate Tuesday evening. They were split on immigration, the handling of Hurricane Katrina, foreign policy, and the Iraq war. There is no sense that they are inheriting any particular ideology.
Six Day War: Jerusalem, United in Theory
After Israeli paratroopers captured Jerusalem, Jews celebrated reunification of the divided city and renewed access to the Western Wall. But many longtime residents of Jewish West Jerusalem say the city is united in theory only, and question the wisdom of holding land captured by military might 40 years ago.
Former White House Aide Lewis Libby Gets Jail, Fine
A federal judge sentenced former vice presidential aide Lewis Libby to 2 1/2 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Still unresolved is whether Libby will be allowed to remain free on bail pending appeal. Libby was convicted in March of lying to the FBI and a grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA agent's identity.
Education Law Up for Renewal; Teachers Are Leery
The No Child Left Behind Act is up for renewal in Congress, and whether it is working remains in question. A new study shows test scores are rising. But it's unclear whether the education law should get the credit. For many educators, the verdict on the law is undetermined.
Castro Gives First TV Interview Since Illness
Fidel Castro appeared on Cuban TV, giving his first lengthy interview since falling ill nearly a year ago. He talked about past memories and the benefits of a balanced diet. The 80-year-old leader's condition and exact ailment have remained state secrets since July 31, when he announced he had undergone emergency intestinal surgery and was stepping aside in favor of a provisional government headed by his 76-year-old brother Raul, the defense minister.
Auto Execs Oppose Raising Fuel Economy Standards
Auto executives are pressing congressional leaders to revisit a plan to increase fuel efficiency standards, saying it could hurt their industry. The Senate is expected to vote next week on a proposal to raise the standard by about 10 mpg by 2020.
FTC Moves to Halt Whole Foods Deal with Wild Oats
The Federal Trade Commission says it will file a lawsuit to block the proposed merger of Whole Foods and Wild Oats markets. The two organic food chains say the federal regulator informed them that it views their proposed combination as anti-competitive.
Mentors Good for Young Workers
The "Millennial" Generation — 18- to 25-year-olds — often has needs and expectations that are radically different from older workers, posing challenges to the young workers and their employers.